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date: 27 October 2020


The Oxford Dictionary of the Classical World
John RobertsJohn Roberts

the Roman arena for chariot‐racing. The most important at Rome was the Circus Maximus (c.650 × 125 m.: c.711 × 137 yds.), in the valley between the Palatine and Aventine, traditionally founded in the regal period and progressively adorned during the republic. The distinctive form with parallel sides and one semi‐circular end fitted with tiered seating, and with twelve starting‐gates at the open end, was created under ... ...

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